Small-town detective Sam McCain is back in his seventh outing, with all of "the rueful wisdom and charm of an exemplary hero who is curious not only about whodunit but also about some of the more elusive riddles of human existence (San Francisco Chronicle). It's June 1963—the spring of Freedom Riders advancing civil rights in the South—and the sleepy town of Black River Falls, Iowa, is showing signs of racial unease. The body of a black college student, David Leeds, has turned up, and evidence points to blackmail and to a scandal that could ruin the campaign of the very white Senator Lloyd Williams for reelection, if photos exist to prove rumors that romantically link the senator's daughter to the handsome, bright, and ambitious Leeds.
"Readers unfamiliar with this fine series should hop onboard now and watch as an Iowa Mr. Marple starts to behave like a Corn Belt Spenser."—Booklist